Special Issue "Public Health Genetics and Genomics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 February 2022.
2. Section of Hygiene, University Department of Life Sciences and Public Health—Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, 00168 Rome, Italy
Interests: epidemiology of cancer; genetic epidemiology of cancer; epidemiological methods; public health; public health genomics
Interests: public health; genomics; genetics; proteomics; metabolomics; health technology assessment; epidemiology; systematic reviews; clinical practice guidelines
The field of Public Health Genomics (PHG) integrates genome-based knowledge and technologies into public policy and health services provision. Health services are expecting that human genetics will develop from a specialist health care field pertaining mainly to those small groups of patients with a risk of developing an inherited (and mainly monogenetic) disease into a significant area of mainstream medicine.
Combinations of biomarkers, predictive testing for susceptibilities, algorithms or big data and artificial intelligence analysis to develop “non-inherited” common diseases or conditions (e.g., diabetes mellitus and cancer) are regarded as falling within the field of Public Health Genomics.
The debate on “Public Health Genomics” (including frameworks and concepts such as genetic population screening through whole-genome sequencing or next-generation sequencing, metabolomics, pharmacogenetics, nutrigenetics, personalized medicine) is a hot topic in many countries around the world. The expansion of the reach of human genetics is promoted by some human geneticists and public health authority representatives, as well as scientific societies and alliances (e.g., the Public Health Genomics Foundation; the European Public Health Association; the HTAi IG on Public Health or the European Alliance of Personalised Medicine).
Genome-based knowledge needs to be properly communicated to health care professionals, the general public, and other stakeholders involved in the various tasks of public health. Different stakeholders’ literacy should be recognized in order to develop informed training or education initiatives based on their needs. Considering the increased availability of genomics technologies, the assessment of their value for the health system requires the enhancement of the HTA literacy and capability of health care professionals.
Public Health Genomics (PHG) may imply major but contested improvements for patients, large effects on the structure and financing of the public health system, and major ethical and privacy issues.
We are calling for the submission of manuscripts that report experiences, analysis, frameworks, stakeholder literacy, and HTA reports on technologies applied to PHG, including systematic reviews, observational studies, and results on national registries in the field of Public Health Genomics. Manuscripts will be peer reviewed by a set of outstanding specialists in this field of knowledge.
Prof. Dr. Stefania Boccia
Dr. Iñaki Gutiérrez-Ibarluzea
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